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Herakles

"Would he clean the Augean stables?" Werner Herzog's first film asks this and other questions.

Via Open Culture

Cineclub · · Tucson

Song of Love

Un chant d'amour. Dir. Jean Genet. 1950

There's so much beauty packed into these twenty five minutes. And seeing it tonight for the first time, its influence on generations of visual artists is obvious if you have seen a music video or purchased underwear in the last thirty years.

The film was banned and eventually deemed obscene by the Supreme Court. I think the standard for obscenity has changed since then, but if at the time obscenity was any depiction that leaves you desiring intimacy with a strong, hairy-chested man of mediterranean descent, I think this film is deliciously obscene. 

I imagine these days the justification for banning the film would probably be more for its depictions of smoking than sex.

Cineclub · · Tucson

Talk Like A Silent Movie Day

Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror. Dir. F.W. Murnau. 1922

Soon it will be November, but right now it is October.

Right now you are prone to earnestly and emphatically saying things like: "I recommend waiting to eat the Mexican toaster pastry. It is extremely hot and to take a bite now would surely be madness!"

Instead of "Careful, that's hot."

Come November, perhaps you will be grateful there are not so many vampire movies available and stealing your soul and replacing it with adverbs.

Cineclub · · Tucson

Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass. Dir. Werner Herzog. 1976

This is the third Herzog film we have watched, so it may be early to ask this question: Is there one character in all of his movies who does nothing but laugh?

Cineclub · · Tucson

I Love Lucy in The Corn Chip Curse

Nosferatu Phantom of The Night. Dir. Werner Herzog. 1979

In the village where I live, we are surrounded by tortilla chips. In the many, many Mexican restaurants, the servers drop hot bowls of the golden triangles and say to you as you sit down, "Welcome ¡Estás en tu casa!"

There are row after row of Doritos in the shops. There is even an unguarded bag of tortilla chips at work today. So it is possible here to eat corn chips every day at almost every meal and in between. And I suffer from the corn chip curse—once I start eating them, I don't stop until they are all gone. Afterward I always experience guilt and indigestion. But that hot salty crunch.

Since the chips in the office kitchen are not mine, and I know I cannot eat one without eating them all—cursed curse—I hiss, I bite a knuckle, and I turn away. This is for the best. It is definitely not a good thing to eat all the corn chips. They are loaded with empty calories and if you eat all of them every day, before long you will surely die.

But there are worse things than death. What if you are a vampire who cannot not die? Then one day you see a photo of your real estate broker's wife, Lucy. She has such a beautiful neck. You know that if you cannot die perhaps your condition would be a little easier if at least you could love her and she would love you back.

That is what this movie is about. 

Cineclub · · Tucson

Santa Sangre

A sensitive young man uses vaudeville and press-on nails to relive his colorful childhood.